Fixing in cricket: ICC chief Dave Richardson wants jail sentences

International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson wants jail sentences for anyone who tries to influence the outcome of a match.

Three players were arrested last month over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

Richardson told the BBC's Test Match Special: "We want to lobby governments to make it a serious criminal offence to approach a player or try to have an influence on the outcome of a match.

Timeline: Cricket's betting trouble

  • June 2000: South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje admits receiving money for giving information to bookmakers.
  • August 2000: South African team-mates Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams given six-month bans from international cricket for agreeing to accept money.
  • May 2008: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels banned for two years after being found guilty of breaking rules designed to stop players betting on matches.
  • November 2011: Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir banned and jailed after being found guilty of involvement in a betting scam.
  • February 2012: Former Essex county cricketer Mervyn Westfield serves two months in jail for accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment.
  • June 2012: Pakistani bowler Danish Kaneria banned for life from playing in England and Wales after being found guilty of corruption.
  • June 2012: Five Indian domestic players banned after a sting by undercover TV reporters purported to show cricketers agreeing to bowl no-balls and spot-fix matches.

"A jail sentence would be ideal."

The plea mirrors that of Michel Platini, head of football's European governing body Uefa, who renewed his call for the establishment of a European sports police force to deal with match-fixing, hooliganism and doping in London last month.

Richardson says that in the past 12 months the ICC's anti-corruption unit has taken a more proactive approach to tackling corruption, and is working with police forces to prosecute those responsible.

Work on educating players against the dangers of match-fixing is also paying off, according to Richardson.

"Players are more and more willing to come forward and tell us when they are approached by people from outside the game," he said.

"We are trying to say to all of the good guys that the time is now to stand together and report those things.

"Once we get that information, we are really taking a robust approach to investigating. We have no sympathy for anybody who is found guilty."

Richardson also played down Tim May's resignation from his role as head of the international players' union.

Ex-Australia spinner May, in charge of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (Fica), resigned on Wednesday and claims the current system is "failing".

"I think Tim was coming to an end anyway and he is trying to go out with a bang," Richardson said.

"Players' views are listened to. Players have never had it as good as now. You get paid well to represent your country - there are so many earning opportunities. The money generated is huge."